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2020 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

Extreme Precision Radial Velocity

Preliminary Agenda (speakers names added as they are confirmed)

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Sunday July 19

Registration Gathering

  • 4-6 pm: Please join us for the opportunity to register and greet colleagues. We'll have light snacks available but you'll want to get dinner afterwards.

Monday July 20: Fundamentals of PRV, Error Budgets, Instrumentation

  • 8:30 am: Welcome and Opening Comments — Chas Beichman, Elise Furlan, Dawn Gelino (NExScI)
  • 8:50 am: Why RVs are important (Demographics, Masses and Orbits for Characterization, Multiple Systems and Dynamics) —
  • 9:40 am: Fundamentals of PRV — Debra Fischer (Yale)
  • 10:30 am: Morning Break
  • 11:00 am: Fundamentals of Instrumentation — Andreas Quirrenbach (University of Heidelberg)
  • 11:50 am: Attendee Poster Pops
  • 12:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:45 pm: Error Budgets (RV Challenges; Instrumental Challenges/Limitations to RV Precision/Accuracy) — Sam Halverson (JPL)
  • 2:30 pm: Wavelength Calibration (Optical Frequency Combs, Etalons, Gas Cells) — Stephanie Leifer (JPL)
  • 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break
  • 3:30 pm: Overview of Different Types of RV Instruments — Michael Endl (UT Austin)
  • 4:10 pm: Lessons Learned from Building and Operating a PRV Instrument
  • 4:50 pm: Past and Future of RV Science: RVs in the Greater Context of Exoplanet Science
  • 4:45 pm: Adjourn

Tuesday July 21: Fundamentals of Data Analysis and Statistical Significance

  • 8:30 am: Standard Method for Measuring RVs and Their Uncertainties — Sharon Wang (Carnegie Observatories)
  • 9:15 am: Overview of RV Planet Signal Fitting — Jason Wright (Penn State)
  • 10:00 am: Morning Break
  • 10:30 am: Statistical Significance of Signals
  • 11:15 am: The Physics Responsible for Various Sources of Stellar Visbility
  • 12:00 pm: Attendee Poster Pops
  • 12:20 pm: Lunch
  • 1:45 pm: Poster session I
  • 2:45 pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 4:00 pm: Hands-on Session
  • 5:30 pm: Adjourn

Wednesday July 22: Stellar Signals and Tellurics

  • 8:30 am: Lessons from "Sun as a Star" Observations
  • 9:15 am: Strategies for Mitigating Stellar Variability — Jennifer Burt (JPL)
  • 10:00 am: Morning Break
  • 10:30 am: Power and Danger of Gaussian Processes
  • 11:15 am: Mittgating Telluric Contamination — Cullen Blake (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 11:45 am: Attendee Poster POPs
  • 12:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:45 pm: Poster session 2
  • 2:45 pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 4:00 pm: Hands-on Session
  • 5:30 pm: Adjourn
  • 6:45 pm: Workshop Dinner (ticketed event)

Thursday July 23: Beyond EPRVs: Characterizing Planets

  • 8:30 am: Role of Transits for Validation — Courtney Dressing (UC Berkeley)
  • 9:30 am: Spectroscopy of Planet Atmospheres
  • 10:10 am: Morning Break
  • 10:40 am: High-Resolution Spectroscopy of Exoplanet Atmospheres
  • 11:10 am: The Importance of Mass on Assessing Planet Habitability
  • 11:55 am: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Hands-on sessions: work on group projects and prepare for presentations
  • 5:15 pm: Adjourn

Friday July 24: The Future

  • 8:30 am: The EPRV Initiative
  • 9:30 am: Beyond bare Detection to Biological and Geological Indicators
  • 10:15 am: Morning Break
  • 10:45 am: Skills Developed as a Exoplanet Scientist Applied to Industry
  • 11:45 am: Lunch
  • 1:15 pm: Career Panel: Non-academic Career Paths for Exoplanet Scientists
  • 2:15 pm: Group Project Presentations
  • 4:15 pm: Closing Comments
  • 4:30 pm: Adjourn

Questions? Sagan_Workshop@ipac.caltech.edu

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